How to Install iOS 13 Beta on iPhone

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Just like last year, Apple has released the first developer beta of iOS 13 for developers and advanced users. iOS 13 comes with a number of new features and its likely that many users would like to try out the release now in its unfinished state instead of waiting until September for the public release. If you are looking to install iOS 13 beta on your iPhone or iPad but don’t have a developer account, worry not. Follow this guide to install the iOS 13 beta on your iPhone right away.

Apple’s developer account has a yearly fee of $99. Having a subscription makes sense for developers who publish apps on the App Store but otherwise, for advanced users, it is nothing but a waste of money. Luckily, you don’t really need a developer account to install the first iOS 13 Developer beta. Wondering how? Follow the steps below.

Do note that unlike the last few years, Apple is no longer offering an iOS beta configuration file. This means you will have to download and install the iOS 13 beta IPSW file using iTunes. You simply cannot use the beta profile on your iPhone to get the iOS 13 beta OTA update.

Install iOS 13 Beta on iPhone

Your Mac must have Xcode 11 beta or macOS 10.15 beta installed.

Step 1: Download the iOS 13 beta 1 IPSW for your iPhone.

Step 2: Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to your Mac. If you are connecting your iPhone for the first time, accept the prompt on the device and enter the passcode.

On macOS Catalina, your iPhone will show up in Finder’s sidebar like a removable drive. Click on it and the UI you will get should be similar to one of iTunes.

Step 3: Your iPhone should then be detected by iTunes. Tap on the iPhone logo on the top-right corner of the sidebar.

Step 4: From the Summary panel, hold the Option key and click the Check for Update button. In the window that opens, select the iOS 13 beta 1 IPSW file you downloaded in step 1.

Step 5: The installation process will now start. Your iPhone will restart during the process. Once done, go through the initial setup process and set up your iPhone again. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the internet for activation purposes.

Since this is the first developer beta of iOS 13, you are likely to run into compatibility issues with third-party apps. You are also likely to encounter some stability and performance issues which would be taken care of by Apple in future releases. Do make sure to file bug reports for any bugs or issues that you come across to Apple.

If the instructions mentioned above are not clear then you can follow the YouTube video below:

If the above process went smoothly for you, drop a comment and let us know!

Update:

Apple has released iOS 13 beta 2 for iPhone to developers on June 18, 2019. Unlike iOS 13 beta 1, Apple has released the beta profile which should make it a lot easier to install iOS 13 beta on your iPhone. You can check our post to learn how to install iOS 13 beta 2 using beta profile on your iPhone or download iOS 13 beta 2.

Last Updated: June 19, 2019